Pakistani / Model of a stupa (Buddhist shrine) / ca. 4th centuryPakistani
Model of a stupa (Buddhist shrine)
ca. 4th century

View Larger Image

View Full Catalog Record Below

This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at .

Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Pakistani
Creator Name-CRT: Pakistani
Title: Model of a stupa (Buddhist shrine)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 280
Creation End Date: 419
Creation Date: ca. 4th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm), W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1985.387ab
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Bruckmann, 1985

Stupas, the earliest Buddhist monuments preserved in India, began as solid hemispherical domes that marked the remains of a great leader or teacher. They were incorporated into early Buddhist art as symbols of the continuing presence of Shakyamuni Buddha after his 'parinirvana' (final transcendence), and as reminders of the path he defined for his followers. Buddhism carried the stupa throughout Asia, where it was interpreted in many forms, including the domed chortens of Tibet and the spired pagodas of China, Korea, and Japan. The square base and ovoid dome derive from monuments built in northwest India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan during the rule of the Kushans, from the late first to the third century A.D. The dome of the stupa is separated from its square base by a lotus pedestal and four rampant griffins in this somewhat fanciful reliquary. It is further elaborated by four columns, capped by miniature stupas, that encircle the dome and four somewhat enigmatic, columnlike forms on the top of the base.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1985.387ab
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.